Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
George H. Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
George H. Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.
George Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
George Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
There’s a long history of libertarian thought on the ethics and efficacy of voting.
Does the modern libertarian movement have any significant similarities to the early Christian movement? Smith explores this intriguing possibility.
Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.
George H. Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
Smith discusses how peace activists and pacifists justified their support of the North during the Civil War.
Was Jean Meslier a communist? George H. Smith explores this tricky issue.